This is a guest blog from Khaled Erksoussi, the head of operations for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, who recently visited the UK.
The issue of safe access within Syria is very complex. Because it’s a polarised crisis, everyone considers that if you are not with them you are against them. So everybody might consider you their enemy if they have that in mind.
You have to make them understand that we are only with the people in need. We don’t care about their affiliation. We don’t care about their opinion. We never ask anyone: “Are you with the government, are you with the opposition?” It’s not our role.
My main job is to coordinate and follow up on Red Crescent operations. I certify that we have safe access and coordinate with everybody in the field to get the aid materials to reach the people in need in all areas. More